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Catholic Online Resources (COR) offers a Roman Catholic homily writing service specifically designed to assist Priests, Deacons and Lay Preachers with their weekly sermons. For those times when, despite your best efforts, your busy schedule or unexpected interruptions keep you from finding time to properly prepare your homilies, or when you need a fresh idea for an upcoming sermon, Catholic Online Resources' homily service is here to help you deliver a relevant, high impact message.
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When we stop looking to what others expect of us and set aside our fears, it will become clear to us what we truly desire. If that means getting married, becoming a deacon or spending our lives in silent prayer in a convent, no other life will make us happier. Until we say “yes”, we will always have that gnawing sense that we are missing out on all that God has planned for us. On the other hand, when we do find the courage to say “yes”, God does great things through us and leads us down paths we could never have imagined.Add to cart
Jesus came to give us a full, joyful and abundant life – not an easy one and not necessarily a successful one, at least not as the world measures success. We experience that full, joyful and abundant life by embracing the cross. That does not mean that we have to go looking for suffering. Rather, it is a matter of accepting in love whatever difficulties and challenges arise throughout our day. It also means helping our neighbors carry their burden of pain. It is as simple as making the sacrifice to wake up an hour early to pray or not watching television at night to visit someone in the hospital. If we can do that every day with the love and strength that God provides, our hearts will know the peace that only comes from being close to Jesus and we will be truly alive as Jesus promised, “whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”Add to cart
At the Last Supper Jesus washed the apostles feet and commanded them to do the same. Where do you suppose He got that idea? Could it be that Jesus was so moved by the love and faith of the sinful woman that He was inspired to imitate Her gesture by washing the apostles feet? And if Jesus could be so moved by her example how much more should we wash one another’s feet understanding how much we have been forgiven and showing the same mercy and tenderness to everyone, especially those the world cast aside?Add to cart
If, by our example, we teach our children to abandon the sick, they will abandon us. If, on the other hand, we teach them to love and nurture the elderly, they will love and nurture us. Our future and the future of our society, then, depends on how we treat the generation that went before us. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have no other choice than to treat them with compassion, tenderness and generosity.Add to cart
If you are like me, you may have spent many Sundays in church simply to meet an obligation. Receiving our Lord in the Eucharist can become routine and monotonous. If that is the case, then let’s put an end to it right here and now. Let us ask God to open our eyes to the great gift He offers us every Sunday, indeed every day. And let us beg the Holy Spirit to really transform us along with the bread and wine so that we can become like Jesus whom we receive.Add to cart
It is easy to get confused trying to put this mystery into words. However, it is the central mystery of our faith and it is important for us to understand it as best we can, though we can never fully grasp it. That is why the Church gives us this celebration every year – to grow deeper in our knowledge of the reality of this God of love. It is not a merely intellectual exercise but an invitation to praise God who is beyond anything we can hope for our imagine.Add to cart
All of us strive to make this parish a place where the Risen Christ is encountered. However, ultimately the Holy Spirit is in charge. Our life as Christians simply requires that we allow Him to lead us wherever He wills. If we do that, like the apostles, people will come to know Jesus through us. Then nothing will be impossible for us.Add to cart
By God’s providence, we have plenty of water not only to drink but to bathe ourselves and to wash our clothes. By God’s grace, we have abundant water of another kind – the Holy Spirit, a fountain of living water flowing up from within the heart of every baptized believer. The challenge to us is to go to that wellspring of life and vitality, to drink deeply from it, and with the power it provides to change our lives and our world.Add to cart
In today’s gospel, we hear Jesus’ prayer to the Father. In it He says, “Father, they are your gift to me.” Imagine that – Jesus considers you and me to be a gift to Him! Then He goes on to say, “I wish that where I am they also may be with me.” Jesus’ deep desire is that we be with Him in Heaven. This should give us great confidence and an unshakeable hope.Add to cart
Jesus is victorious over sin and death. He has gone ahead of us to the right hand of the Father. From there, He controls the destiny of the world. He promises that one day He will reveal Himself to all the world. On that day, there will be no doubt that He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Until that day, we walk by faith, bearing difficulties with the strength He provides and thanking Him for every blessing we receive along the way.Add to cart
We all long for peace. In hopes of achieving it, we try to avoid conflict by embracing a false sense of tolerance or an attitude of indifference. However, Jesus teaches us that the only way to reach real and lasting peace is by keeping His commandments, even when it means being rejected by others and persecuted. The peace that comes as a result of being faithful to God and having Him live within us cannot be taken away.Add to cart
Jesus tells us in today’s second reading, “Behold, I make all things new.” All things are made new in Christ through love. That renewal begins, first of all, with our hearts. Once we are transformed by love, our families begin to change. Once our families begin to change, our Church becomes fully alive and active. Once our Church becomes fully alive and active, our society becomes more civil and just. Once our society becomes more civil and just, our world can finally know peace. It is a dream that will only be fully realized at the end of time.Add to cart